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12 posts from July 2013


A Look Inside the Earth

ESD’s Geophysics Department Head Greg Newman discusses the challenges inherent in looking inside the Earth’s subsurface, particularly the role that large-scale parallel computational resources can play in subsurface imaging.

Investigating Saprolites at the Oak Ridge IFRC Site

Over the last three decades, contaminants at the Oak Ridge Integrated Field Research Challenge (IFRC) site have infiltrated a shallow saprolitic (chemically weathered) pond, resulting in plumes extending up to 5 km downgradient from the pond.

Using SWIW Tests to Understand Fracture Effects

Modeling of flow and transport in fractured rock remains a challenging problem in hydrogeology, one that particularly arises in the context of finding and developing appropriate sites for radioactive waste containment.


Video Replay: Watershed Panel Talk

On July 23, 2013, LBNL’s Materials Sciences Division hosted a screening of the documentary Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West. After the film, ESD’s Ken Williams, a Colorado Basin expert, was among panel members involved in a discussion of the film.


Which Microbes Make the Best Biofuels?

ESD’s Steve Singer has led the recent development of a promising technique to identify microbial enzymes that can effectively deconstruct biomass into fuel sugars—a technique that could accelerate biofuel commercialization.


Beller Pursues Biofuels from CO2

Researchers led by Harry Beller (and including Steve Singer) of ESD have engineered a common soil bacterium, Ralstonia eutropha, to produce high-performance diesel fuel from carbon dioxide rather than from sugars in cellulosic biomass.


2014 DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I, Release 1 Topics

The official FOA is scheduled for release on August 12th. Letters of Intent are due from the Small Business on or before Tuesday, September 13, 2013.


Ken Williams Appointed ERWR Program Head

Ken Williams will assume the position of Program Lead for the Environmental Remediation and Water Resources Program within the Earth Sciences Division—a position that our Director, Susan Hubbard has held since 2003.


ESD’s Ernie Majer and Stefan Finsterle in the San Jose Mercury News

ESD Ernie Majer and Stefan Finsterle were recently quoted in the San Jose Mercury News regarding the potential link between geothermal energy exploration and earthquakes.

ESD’s Baptiste Dafflon Awarded 2013 Paul Niggli Medal

ESD’s Baptiste Dafflon recently received word that he had been awarded the prestigious Paul Niggli Medal, for his “original research contributions to the geophysical exploration of aquifers and permafrost environments.”